When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends: Resolving the Most Complicated Relationship of Your Life
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When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends: Resolving the Most Complicated Relationship of Your Life

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This, the first book ever to say that mother is not always a girl's best friend, is based on a landmark study of the mother-daughter relationships. Secunda offers breakthrough advice on understanding, andimproving, what could be a woman's most critical relationship.
ebook, 432 pages
Published November 4th 2009 by Delta (first published 1990)
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Brigit Zelenak
I bought this for obvious reasons. Being estranged from your mother can be a lonely, isolating thing. After all, how many people do you know who aren't close to their mother? Not in a "Grrr, she drives me crazy... let the answering machine pick up & I'll deal with her later" kind of way, but in a "I haven't spoken to my mother in years and it's better that way" way?

Personally I don't know of anyone other than, well, me. And in that sense this book is a tremendous help. Reading the first-hand...more
I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had problems with their mother or simply need to understand mother-daughter dynamics. This interplay does not only effect the direct protagonists but it also has a profound effect on our choice of friends, partners and work. Understanding this relationship means starting the road to real maturity.
I myself being a person who is in therapy because of a dominating mother, found this book helpful. Reading about other women having problems with thei...more
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. My sister gave me the book and it was a great read. I loved how Secunda described the various types of daughters, from the Angels to the Troublemakers; as well as the various types of mothers, from the Smothers to the Avengers. Secunda shows how each type of mother and daughter operates in the home, at work, in friendships and love relationships. While I disagreed with some of Secunda's assertions, overall I loved how she clearly provides information fo...more
After reading a few books that skim over real mother-daughter issues, it was a breath of fresh air to read one that felt as if the author knew me. This was probably because mothers & daughters have had ��stressed relationships since the beginning ����of time, and my experience is nothing new in relation to the bigger picture.

It felt good to know that what I went through isn't normal, that I shouldn't feel guilty for something that has been a generational problem, and that protecting my ment...more
Definitely a great read for anyone struggling with their Mother. This book rang true for me in many areas, especially the parenting styles, and offered insight into my Mother's ongoing emotionally abusive behavior and controlling nature: and particularly those generational mistakes which I do not want to repeat with my own young daughter. I would recommend this book for anyone who has suffered greatly at the hands of their own Mother or just wants some insight in how to deal with a complicated M...more
As always with this type of book, I think there is too much of putting people into little "boxes."

I also thought there were too many examples that didn't really fit the labels.

I did enjoy the chapters called "The Doormat" and "Truce". They were helpful.

page 82: Anita describes her Doormat mother this way: My mother is so sensitive, the smallest criticism reduces her to tears. So everything with her is sweetness and light. Any problems I ever had with her, if I tried to talk about them, she'd jus...more
Veronica Boyd
I read about 1/2 of this book before my mother died. It rang true in so many areas of my life. After my mom died, it was interesting to note that the things I had highlighted and found so relevant at the time didn't seem to matter to me anymore. I would recommend this book to anyone that struggled with a challenging mother/child relationship as it often felt like the author had been skulking outside my house watching me grow up.
Feb 11, 2008 Mindy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are looking for advice regarding familial relationships
I have had some problems with my Mom over the last couple of years and this book has brought so many insights into her behavior and what causes the behavior and how to handle it. It has been very helpful. I recommend it to anyone that may be having familial relationship issues. Although the book focuses on the mother/daughter relationship I think it is applicable for just about any familial relationship
I was surprised by how accurate the author's descriptions of the 5 different mothering styles and 5 daughter styles were. I learned a lot about myself, but not so much about how to improve my relationships with my mother or my daughters. Good book, but not much useful advice.
Jenny Duffy
I'm just about half way through, but so far this book is excellent!
The book offers insight into dealing with a difficult mother.
Full of information, insight, and honesty
Sky Murphy
Jun 13, 2011 Sky Murphy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Read the introduction and it felt clinical
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